Oklahoma is the ninth-fattest state in the U.S., with adults and children ranked sixth and 14th in obesity, respectively, according to WalletHub’s 2018’s Fattest States in America report.

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It's the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S., taking about 80,000 lives and contributing to another 160,000 deaths each year – and millions don’t even know they have it.

Oklahoma smokers are urged to quit tobacco for a day, or a lifetime, during the Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 15. Since 1970, the event has been a new start for tobacco users around the country.


As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age out of the workforce, the demand for health care professionals is expected to continue to grow, but there is some concern over whether enough people will be available to meet the need.

In recognition of November being National Diabetes Month, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is supporting efforts to bring awareness to the impact of diabetes on Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Counselors with the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Medicare Assistance Program can help beneficiaries review their plans for 2019. Medicare health and drug plans can be changed every year.

The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University have entered into an historic partnership that is expected to improve the health of rural Oklahomans and revolutionize the way health care is delivered.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has joined public health officials in other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella associated with raw beef products, including ground beef, packaged at JBS Tolleson, Inc.

The Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counseling Association recently recognized Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health employee Coleman Cox as Prevention Specialist of the Year.

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is hosting a series of public forums across the state to gain input from stakeholders and community members in implementing the agency's strategic plan.

Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers Inc., a federally qualified health center with a mission statement of "Providing Affordable Quality Healthcare to Everyone," has formed a new not-for-profit foundation, Touching Lives, to address the ever-growing need for help with the cost of p…

NeoHealth Women's Care Center, Suite 208 of the Tahlequah Medical Center at 1500 E. Downing St., offers extended Monday hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as lunchtime appointments throughout the week.

Last week, Tobacco Stops With Me, Oklahoma's initiative to educate the public on the dangers of secondhand smoke and preventing tobacco use, commemorated 10 years of improving health with a landmark announcement.

Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities.

Cherokee Nation Health Services is offering free flu vaccinations for Cherokee Nation citizens and their families, including non-Native family members living in the household.

The Cherokee County Health Department, along with other county health departments, will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 1. Flu shots will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients.

Still working to find the source of E. coli contamination of Town Branch Creek, city officials recently submitted samples for DNA testing to determine whether the bacteria originated from humans or animals.

Forty-seven Oklahoma hospitals and hospital specialty units have met a challenge from the Oklahoma Hospital Association to achieve a health care worker influenza vaccination rate of 96 percent or higher during the 2017-2018 flu season.

The Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 and Cherokee Nation will host the Tribal Children's Environmental Health Symposium at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa, on Oct. 16-18.

MUSKOGEE - The annual "Boo on the Flu" will take place Friday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., in Honor Heights Park in Muskogee. The event is hosted by the Muskogee Medical Foundation, in conjunction with St. Francis Muskogee Hospital Auxiliary and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technol…

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation will host a free prostate cancer education and screening event 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St. in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The event is an annual collaboration between the D…

While the season for West Nile virus has been mild compared to previous years, the Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness.


People often feel embarrassed or even ashamed when they are diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases, though infections are widespread - rising in Oklahoma and many parts of the U.S. - and any stigma is unjustified.

The Food and Drug Administration knew for years rogue doctors were wrongly prescribing the most potent opioids on the market by subverting the agency’s oversight program.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Members of the public have another way to share their input on the regulation and implementation of medical marijuana in Oklahoma courtesy of a new email address announced by the Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem-designate and the Oklahoma House Speaker.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has established a call center to answer questions about patient and business application processing and requirements for obtaining medical marijuana licenses.

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Health Care Authority welcomes comments and input from the public through Sept. 3, regarding changes to the SoonerCare Choice and Insure Oklahoma 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver programs' work and community engagement requirements.

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